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March 2019 by V. R. Duin


The charging bull of illuminated energy that comes with a structured reading mentoring program of reading mentorship and reading tutoring can help a child read at grade level or the next level.

Mentoring fills gaps. The rise of dual working parents, single parenting and the broad range of academic and socio-economic levels is a huge change. It has created a need for structured reading mentoring programs.

Reading proficiency at the end of third grade is an indicator of future success. Reading skills are scaled against academic standards. Reading levels of books are measured by technical applications, formulas and systems.

Reading a few pages of a book online will help determine the complexity. Typing a couple paragraphs of the book in Microsoft Word under “Spelling & Grammar” gives a readability score.

Fast-moving screen time pulls kids from reading. Screen time is fast-paced, but it is not instructive. Children play online rather than read. A child who cannot read, cannot learn about subjects that matter for career building.

The stages of reading progress by experience rather than by age. Learning to read takes practice. Reading tutors may develop an enthusiasm for reading during practice. Students learn by participating with others.

A structured reading mentoring program supplements the diminishing role of family in reading. The Reading Mentors Program of the Governor's Office of Georgia is an example of .

Screens present material that does not stick with children. We may learn little from those closely aligned with us. Children are attracted to fast-paced junk and awe. The playing field is filled with weaker or equal players.

Mentors are stronger players. Mentors help children rise to the challenge. It is helpful to have a child read a passage, then explain the content. A mentor helps speed up the integration and advancement of late bloomers.

Guidance and direction aids in development of skills and knowledge. Schools are incorporating reading mentorship into student development programs. It may preventing homelessness, suspension and early parenthood.

Reading tutoring adds individualized structure and progress guidance to a child's learning experience. It may promote academic confidence in struggling readers and help advanced children read beyond grade level.

Mentorship need not come in the form of a structured program. An experienced or knowledgeable mentor can guide those with less experience or knowledge. Writing mentorship helps writers learn to write.

Mentors help writers. Editing and ghostwriting companies exist to help writers. An expert eye can massage work into polished form. It is helpful to have guidance to target readers of distinct genres and reading levels.

The energy of mentorship gives a boost to beginning writers. Should writers be lucky enough to find professional writers with vast experience to help in the genre, the expectation is for us to work hard on ourselves.

Mentors neither expect nor need reciprocation. They can be older or younger than the person mentored. They are defined by expertise and willingness to facilitate the growth of someone less experienced.

Mentors are their own brand of charging bull. V. R. Duin was fortunate to have Graeme Lofts as her mentor in the field of childhood reading, writing and education.